The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation would like to inform the public that the program’s office hours have resumed back to Monday - Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

 

Modified VR services during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be in effect. Individuals needing to apply for OVR services are still encouraged to reach out to OVR via phone at (670) 322-6537 / 6538. A staff member will provide further information on our modified processes.

 

If you have access to the internet and would like more information, please visit www.ovrgov.net to view OVR requirements. If you do not have access to the internet, please inform our offices and an Information/ Referral/Orientation packet will be mailed to you.

 

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The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation has temporarily closed its offices to the public in response to COVID-19. While in-person services are suspended until further notice, OVR staff will continue to provide services by phone and email during business hours.

 

Current OVR consumers who have not been contacted by their assigned OVR staff person can contact the office by phone at 287-6548 or 287-6538, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or they can call the office main phone line MWF from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at 322-6537/38, with any questions or concerns. Members of the public seeking disability employment resources or information about OVR services may visit the OVR Website (www.ovrgov.net).

 

If you have an appointment scheduled with OVR or a OVR service provider, please notify your OVR contact or your service provider to reschedule your appointment or conduct it via phone if possible.

 

We hope that you will take the time to learn more about COVID-19, how to protect yourself from infectious diseases, and how to prepare yourself. If you would like more information about the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or CHCC (www.chcc.gov.mp) sites for the most up-to-date information.

 

We also encourage employers to review the recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission bulletin on steps employers should take related to provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act in response to COVID-19.  OVR will be working with the DOL-WIOA regarding the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, to ensure consumers receive necessary information to avail of needed services. OVR will work with consumers needing assistance with the PUA program.  As recommended by the CNMI-DOL, please prepare your documents if you plan on applying for the PUA program (Certification Letter from Employer, a valid photo ID, latest pay stubs and Social Security number). The Certification Letter must state the employee’s name, title, wages, and schedule of the regular working hours, and the number of reduces hours, before the layoff or termination.  OVR will provide additional details as soon as they are available.

 

Thank you to everyone for your support and understanding.

 

/s/ Maryann Borja-Arriola

Director, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

 

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In compliance with Executive Order No. 2020-04 (Declaration of State of Public Health Emergency on COVID-19), and as a precautionary measure, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will be closed starting March 16, 2020, for two (2) weeks.  Therefore, please be advised that all appointments and schedules of meetings and trainings with our Counselors or relevant staff will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.  Your counselor or caseworker will be contacting you as soon as information regarding the reopening of the OVR office is received.   

 

We know that there have been many concerns for the health and welfare of older adults and people with disabilities as well as yourself, people in your family, the community and the workplace regarding COVID-19. While the immediate risk of infection with COVID-19 for many in the CNMI is low since there are no confirmed cases, protecting the health and safety of at-risk populations is important to us all, therefore preventative measures are critical.

 

The OVR would like to share a resource on COVID-19 developed by Green Mountain Self-advocates for individuals with ID/DD. This resource is an 8-page booklet about the Coronavirus written in plain language. It was created by and for people with developmental disabilities. It focuses on “need to know” information. Here is the English version (please click to view or download). We ask that you share these resources with your friends and family.  Below are also links that may be useful for employers and businesses when questions arise in the workplace.

 

https://www.chcc.gov.mp/coronavirusinformation.php

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3989.pdf

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

 

With the evolving nature of COVID-19, we will provide updates as they are available. We encourage you to use credible resources to regularly check for real-time updates. Thank you ALL for your understanding and support during our challenging times.  Together we will all get through this, we will continue to be Marianas Strong.

 

Respectfully,

 

/s/  Maryann Borja-Arriola

Director, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

 

 

 

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(JANUARY 2020 TO DECEMBER 2020)

A Representative from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will be on Tinian to see interested VR Applicants and/or Consumers and do follow ups on the following dates:

January

15-16, 2020

February

12-13, 2020

March

18-19, 2020

April

15-16, 2020

May

13-14, 2020

June

10-11, 2020

 

July

15-16, 2020

August

12-13, 2020

September

16-17, 2020

October

14-15, 2020

November

11-12, 2020

December

9-10, 2020

 

TIME: 8:30AM to 4:30PM

PLACE: Department of Labor

 

If you know anyone who has a disability,  wants  to work and is interested in receiving VR services, please contact the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Representative at 322-6537/8.

 

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(JANUARY 2020 TO DECEMBER 2020)

A Representative from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will be on Rota to see interested VR Applicants and/or Consumers and do follow ups on the following dates:

January

22-23, 2020

February

19-20, 2020

March

25-26, 2020

April

22-23, 2020

May

20-21, 2020

June

17-18, 2020

 

July

22-23, 2020

August

19-20, 2020

September

23-24, 2020

October

21-22, 2020

November

18-19, 2020

December

16-17, 2020

 

 TIME: TBA

PLACE: TBA

 

If you know anyone who has a disability,  wants  to work and is interested in receiving VR services, please contact the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Representative at 322-6537/8.

 

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Dear Valued Vendors:

Please be advised that the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) requires all vendors to have an approved “Authorization for Services” (AS) form prior to providing goods and services to OVR clients/consumers.  Entering into contracts verbally or without an approved AS is prohibited.

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The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is pleased to announce the approval of the CNMI WIOA Unified State Plan Modifications for Program Years 2018-2019 beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2020.

On behalf of OVR, I wish to take this opportunity to extend our great appreciation to the following agencies/organizations for their valuable contributions towards the State Plan modification process:

 

 

As some of you may know, we continue to receive intensive technical assistance from the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) in a few areas including Transition and Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). One of the activities included a review of our existing MOU with PSS-SPED, resulting in a revised MOU signed by representatives from both OVR and PSS-SPED on April 2, 2018. The MOU as you know is mandated under IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act, and we believe our amended MOU better reflects the requirements of the laws. The goal of the MOU is for OVR and PSS-SPED to work together to provide more effective services to students/youth with disabilities to facilitate their smooth transition from secondary to post-school activities including employment.

You can find the revised MOU here.

 

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council invites the public to share comments regarding the updates/modifications to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Office Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Services Portion of the 2016-2020 Unified State Plan.